SparkPeople People with Allergies Team Messageboard This group is for anyone with allergies to learn from each other and share how to deal with them. SparkPeople People with Allergies Team Messageboard Just me Hi! My name is Kafris, and I just signed up for Spark People. I'm pretty excited to have a program that keeps track of things for me (I think it's pretty awesome that I don't have to). I'm glad that there's something to motivate me to lose some weight! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:30:47 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Greetings Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST Hello from France Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST Ready Set Go!!! Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:15 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST Hello! Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:05 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:48 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:25:00 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST Food allergies I was recently tested for food allergies. Found out I am highly sensitive to gluten, dairy and a little to soy. I choose to go vegetarian several years ago so my menus are quite limited. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:04:56 EST My first time I came upon this website by accident and I'm really excited to try it out. As I get older and my schedule becomes more hectic, I notice how challenging it is to keep exercise and good nutrition in my life. I hope the challenges and encouragement will help me along the way. I'm also a very picky eater (getting pickier as I age) and am wondering what people think of using a vegan protein powder for quick meals. I bought Naturade Vegan smart all-in-one nutritional shake today hoping it will help... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:52:08 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST Lynn I am Lynn and need all the support I can get for this endeavor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:23 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Can you tell if this is allergies, asthma or a col Hi all. In the last 9 months I've had a "cold" 3x! Each time I've gone to the doctor, who said it could be allergies, asthma or a cold. How can I tell which it is to find the right meds to treat it? <BR> <BR> It starts with a sore throat, then a persistent cough with lots of phlegm. I normally have a headache from coughing so much and nothing stops it but constantly eating or drinking, which is hard to do when you're trying to lose weight. Basically, anytime I try to laugh a choking cough cu... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:00:27 EST Seasonal Allergies Alert! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just recently reset my goals and SP joined me up to this team. I am in the lucky club of people who suffer from Hayfever between March and September every year. I take prescribed tablets daily during this time and on bad days, still suffer from watery, itchy eyes and a runny nose. <BR> <BR> The worst thing about this is it hinders my desire to walk outside at this time of year. I am currently trying to start a streak of being active for 10+ mins per day, but I am g... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:05:06 EST girl with major back pain Hello I am new here and I would like to have some movitation to return to wieght lose.. I had accident that broke my back 15 months ago and I have gained a major amount of weight since then I was 150 now I have gained aleast 50 pounds since then I have alot pain when I do anything major so hard to get into the mood to get up each day I know that I am not helping myself by being sitting around on the couch in my misery <BR> I would love to have some feed back to help me get started <BR> Jen Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:43:16 EST Hay Fever Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> How many of you get hay fever and what do u take to kick it out once u notice the first few signs of hay fever? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:06:48 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:23 EST New gal on the block Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST New Hi! I am a wife and mother of two. I have over 100 lbs to lose and ready to start the journey. I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. New beginnings! Nervous because I have never done this before. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:52:54 EST allergies I'm new here just dropping in to say hello I have asthma and allergies. my goal os to get fit enjoy the outdoors Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:41:32 EST vickie I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:26 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST Hi it's me, Christy I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:44 EST jalisa hello, I'm jalisa from barbados. new to the site. trying to find friends who will motivate and help me along my weight lost jourey and beyond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:57 EST hello im looking for new friends to help me reach my goals so please feel free to add me to your friends list! Tue, 31 May 2016 17:52:36 EST Hello Everyone I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST New to Board...Not to Weightloss Although I am new to SparkPeople, I am, unfortunately, a veteran to weightloss and health choices. <BR> <BR> I have twice before lost greater than 70 pounds, only to have them pile back on. There are a lot of reasons I can throw out as to why I was unable to keep off the weight, all legit, but they are unsatisfying, and I my goal is to keep the weight off permanently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2016, and I have another 90 or so to go. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:41:50 EST Hello I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:44 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:21 EST Day One Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:12 EST MammaChe I am here not only trying to lose weight but to learn how to love myself through care and consideration. I used food to replace love, I have used food for comfort, I have gained weight because at night when I am lonely cookies and milk replace companionship, but now I am going to change my thinking and let healthy foods love me, instead of cookies. I have not reached this point yet but it is my goal. Sat, 14 May 2016 09:49:45 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:50 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:19 EST Hello Sparkpeople! I had gained over 100 lbs due to depression and agoraphobia. This is my second time joining. I had lost 60 lbs prior, but slacked off when I went back to school. I had maintained a 45 lb weight loss until last semester. I was so close to finishing my goal of becoming a lawyer until I hit a brick wall. I burned out with 22 credits left to go. Then I gained the weight I had lost back. I don't know how to feel about all of this. I am disappointed in myself, which doesn't help my self est... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:16:21 EST LOOKING TO CHANGE MY LIFE Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member as of today! I've never been one to "need" to eat healthy and exercise until now. My health has become a priority in my life now and I need to make some positive changes. I'm hoping this site will give me the opportunity to become a much healthier and happier version of myself. I'm not gonna lie.....I'm gonna need a lot of help and motivation. So, here's to the beginning of a new life!!!! <BR> Thanks everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:53 EST Second Time Around Hi Fellow SparkPeople members. My name is Linda. I was on the SparkPeople program for about one year. It was the beginning of my weight loss journey. I had some health issues, had major pancreatic surgery, and took a break from the program. After losing weight post-surgery, I thought I didn't have to worry about weight gain, as it was effortless to lose the weight. As things stabilized, my late-night snacking and weight gain got the best of me. So, I'm back with SparkPeople, trying to ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:06:59 EST Mom of Three Hello all. I am a wife and mom of three. Two teenagers and an eight year old. I am a 11 year post gastric bypass person. I have for the most point kept off all weight, up until I had a hysterectomy, which has made is nearly impossible to loose. Also, as I've gotten older my ability to lose seems to have gone. So, I'm on my journey to get back on track and work towards losing the 40 I've gained. Any and all insight and help is greatly appreciated! Thank you all much! <BR> <BR> MomofThree Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:03:27 EST New beginning Hi. My name is Evelyn and I live in Dom. Rep. Heard about this program in internet. Liked it and hear I am!!!! I have a 3 and half year old baby boy. Stopped my professional life to raise him. That carried a weight gain of 20 lbs. During past years I have been fight weight gain. Seem to lose and gain even more than before. My plateau has raised by 10 lbs. Went back to the gym last october. But no weight loss, though I feel better and my body has changed a bit. <BR> <BR> Definete... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:49:45 EST Loving Spark already Hi my name is Brooke and this site seems like it is exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for the welcome email's and I hope to make the most out of the site.. Happy Easter and have a wonderful day! Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:46:45 EST Sparkpeople Newbie here Hello! I just joined this amazing group for the first time ever! I am 36 with 2 kiddos and a husband and I am turning to this community for help and support. Although my goal is to lose only about 10 pounds, they are the most stubborn 10 pounds I've ever met! I plan on doing light exercise several days per week, but my biggest challenge will be keeping my calorie count in check, as I cook for the family and they're not always into salad and chicken breast! I've never joined a group to assist ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:40:24 EST New to team Hi. I'm Marge and recently turned 65. I was also just diagnosed with allergies. I had allergy test and they say I am allergic to mold, dust mites and red oak. I have been bothered all winter with the allergies. The ENT says to take weekly allergy shots, family doctor says to start with OTC meds first. He suggested Zyrtec. I am going to do OTC meds first. I feel after allergy scratch test, I felt worse, almost like my body was reacting to the allergens they used. Can't believe at my age I sudd... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:31:14 EST Happy Tuesday! Good afternoon!! Today is my first day on SparkPeople and my first day on our company's new Wellness program, Naturally Slim...lots of firsts, so excited to be here! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:41:28 EST Hello from Washington Hello, my name is Toni - I live in Washington state, I am married... we have one son, a daughter in law and two beautiful granddaughters. My husband and I are pastors in the Salvation Army. <BR> <BR> I used to use Spark People years ago to help me stay on track with dieting. But I went away from it and tried all kinds of other diet programs, eventually getting bariatric surgery (Sleeve) in 2013. I did really well for the first 8 months and then we went on a three week vacation and I dec... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:29:09 EST Lisa Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:47 EST Ready for a healthy spark in my life ! I am in my 50th year, I have my dream job as of this year. I have a wonderful son and a great significant other. I previous lost 60 pounds and have let 20 of that come back and I know that I have to get that back off, plus some. I do like to cook. I feel like it is now or never as my knees have really begun to hurt. I am not a person to talk about aches and pains at all. I am here searching for a place that I will learn from, gain inspiration and motivation as well as meet like minded peop... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:05:38 EST GOING TO MSAKE IT THIS TIME Hello everyone - My goal and my Spark name is GOING TO MAKE IT THIS TIME and have been a member of Spark People for several years now. I am not an active member as I should be but I do plan on trying to change that way of life. Over the past couple of years I have been suffering with diverticulitis. Something I would not wish on anyone!!! If any spark people have experienced this or know of someone who has then you know what I have been going through. I have hbeen hospitalized twice wit... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:45:35 EST Healthy Momma Hello there people on the internet just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Sarah Holt and I am a first time momma and a diabetic. I joined the site in hopes of losing some weight to control my sugars so i can live a healthy and long life with my loving fiance and beautiful little boy. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:47:51 EST Looking for a Partner in Crime Hi! I'm Laurie. I am 59 years old and about 50 lbs overweight. I want to get my weight under control before it causes me serious health problems. My goal is to lose a couple of pounds a week by eating more healthy food and less comfort food and by becoming more active. I'd like to meet some like-minded people on this site that I can work together with by coaching and encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:21:26 EST Fit after kids Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a long time (on again off again), but am hoping to get in shape after 2 kiddos! Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:21:00 EST Today is the day. My name is Rhonda. It has been 481 days since I have logged in. Today is the day I start gaining control of my health and the food choices I make. Time to make time for myself. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:08:51 EST Hello Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:40 EST sting I am I have had allergies to detergents, dust, dander, tree and grass pollens since infancy. In my teens I ideveloped allergies to salt &amp; pork. Around age 30 I developed hypothyroidism and learned white bread and rice, oranges, grapes &amp; bananas leeched thyroid hormone from the system. Around age 40 I was found to be pre-diabetic and came off sugar. Nearing 50 I found through blood testing I am allergic to chicken and the Nightshades Group: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, corn &amp; coffee! <... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:09:45 EST Need to lose weight fast Hello everyone. I'm so glad I've found this site. My name is Julie. I'm 39 and my doctor says I'm overweight for my height. I'm 5 feet and weight 149 lbs. My goal is to lose 15 lbs. I could use all the support i can to keep me motivated. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:43:28 EST hello everyone I'm having problems picking up the pieces of my life. My husband passed away last month, need to lose 45+ pounds, and need to crawl out of downward spiralling void. I'm hoping watching what I eat and starting to exercise will help me feel better, and see a light at the end of the tunnel I so desperately need to see. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:03:17 EST 34 and ready to be healthy again! Hello everyone! I am excited to start this new challenge. I want to be back done to the health and size I was when I was in the United States Navy.. Of course that was years ago and I have grown older, and with growing older, I of course have also gained some health issues. :( I am hoping the SparkPeople can help me on my journey of weight loss and a healthier me! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:46:51 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Deb and I am trying my last ditch effort to permanently lose weight and get fit before taking the step for weight loss surgery. I have tried most everything you can think of in past with no permanent results. I am a flight nurse by profession which carries with it the job requirement of weight limit and being in physically fit condition to meet the physical demands of my job .I am 57 1/2 yrs old and have a medical condition called pernicious anemia and iron deficiency... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:03:37 EST Looking to take it off and keep it off Hello, I hope this introduction finds all who have decided to make a choice to live a healthier life, well. I never thought that I would be so motivated with wanting to be healthy. Since I'm an absolute workaholic at 44yrs of age, single, with so much energy that has been misused in the wrong way for so long that I am literally on this site reading and looking at all of the success stories and becoming more and more enthused with healthy living and not just existing. I am a vocalist and an as... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:25:27 EST Just joined today I am a 56 yr old female in Michigan. I need to lose at least 50-70 lbs. Have tried many diets and gain what I lose and more. Feeling very frustrated and need support and motivation. I love to eat so I need ideas on what I should and should not eat. I am from Kansas originally so typically a beef, potatoe and vegetable girl. Don't exercise (I know I should), have a desk job. Would love friends to talk to for advise and support. Look forward to a successful journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:32:16 EST HELP I NEED MOTIVATION Hello I am a 20 year old college student who is overweight and has pre-diabetes. I am wanting to lose 95 pounds this year. I need constant support and motivation from someone who is willing to help me. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:06:03 EST Heart Palpitations from Allergy I was having heart palpitations for a couple weeks so decided to go to my doctor. She told me she thought it was because of my allergy to Red Dye no. 40. I am super careful especially around Christmas and Valentine's Day because it seems like everything has red dye in it and don't know of getting anything with red dye. <BR> <BR> Anyone ever heard of that as a reaction, especially for over a week? Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:39:42 EST Just joined Hi just joined SparkPeople. I know I need to do something. In August of 2014 my daughter, Sherri, died of cancer, and 5 days later my husband died of cancer. It has been a rough journey. It seems in the last 6 months I have started packing on weight. I was already to heavy and now I weight 10-12 pounds more. I am hoping to get my self back on track. With the grief and spending so much time alone gaining has been easy. I turn to food, when I am stresses. Thie last year and a half have been ver... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST New beginnings Hi everyone. My name is Penny and I have about 80 pounds to lose. I am in stages and hope this will help me stay on track this time. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:49:42 EST Determined to make a change! Hello all! <BR> I joined about a week ago- this is my second time on SparkPeople. I have yo-yo'd with my weight for years and am now committing to make a healthy lifestyle change so that the yo-yoing stops. I have two young boys, 2 and 4, and I want to have more energy for them. I also want to have more energy for me, but my biggest push is being a good role model for them, which includes having a healthy relationship with food (which is unfortunately very hard for me). <BR> <BR> I have 90 ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:57:43 EST KML814 fIRST TIME POSTING ANYWHERE! Hope posting and reading your posts will help me live a healthier lifestyle Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:08:19 EST New Day I'm 67 and a caregiver to my mother (87) who has dementia. I was going to Weight Watchers and decided to stop paying the $45 a month. I need a support system and Sparks seems to offer much more then WW. Your support system is totally amazing. I'm not sure if the Fitbit will work with Sparks but it stills tells me how many steps I take. As it is extremely late for me now (1 am) I will start my new adventure one step at a time. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:07:08 EST hi I started yesterday. I actually lost 14lbs. the beginning of the year, but put 7 of them back on. So I decided this time I'll do it with support from others going through the same struggles. We've got 11 grandkids and I've become too heavy to be able to play with the younger ones like I used to with the older ones. I'm changing that right now. <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:36:24 EST Finally ready for change Hello everyone, I'm finally ready to get my life back instead of fighting it. My short term goals are simple. Exercise at least three times per week and eat healthier. Some of my long term goals are to lose 47 pounds to reach 225 and live a healthy lifestyle overall. I look forward to learning and supporting the groups I am part of. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:06:06 EST Over weight and over it! Hello I'm Dianah a 57 year old married woman over weight by 60 pounds. Does anyone live in Indiana and if so where. I live in Carlisle In. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:08:57 EST Hi There! Hi My name is Stefanie, and I am new to this is towards the end of my first week. I need to loose 60 lbs and my Body fat is around 37, and needs to be 18, so working hard. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:50:15 EST This is Cancerwest aka Holly Hi all..I'm trying this again. I'm hoping to have better luck this around ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:15:35 EST WildPink67 Hi, I am losing weight because I am sick and tired of all these health issues and the drugs that go with them. I am losing weight because I want to move breath and live. anyone can contact me. for encouragement from me or help; but I will desire the same thing in return. friendly or fun messages are welcome too. WildPink67 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:51:43 EST STARTING NEW JANUARY 1, 2016 HI, EVERYONE IM CHEROKEE AND I'M 340POUNDS AND IM HERE, BECAUSE DUE TO MY SICKNESS AND MY OWN FAULT ALSO, IM OVERWEIGHT BUT WITH GOD AND YOUR HELP, I KNOW I CAN DO IT, THANKS!!! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:06:09 EST Allergies Driving me nuts! It's cold out and we removed rugs in family room, where we spend most of our time. However my eyes, nose and sinuses are still driving me crazy this year. I have been using eye drops (saline) all day as well as prescription meds. I feel like the end of my nose is about to fall off from rubbing it. I use OTC butter daily. What else can a person do! Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:51:55 EST Hi guys My name is Rose i'm 51. I have 20 pounds to lose! I have exercised since my early 20's and have been able to maintain a decent weight up till about 5 years ago. Now i'm in a constant battle of the bulge! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:52:17 EST Hello I'm Larry and i wanted to join during the holiday season so i don't go out of control Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:25:38 EST New here Hi, <BR> <BR> My names Sonja and I am new to spark, I am from the Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. I have allergies to wheat, egg, dairy and soy so my diet is difficult at times. Went through a bad patch recently and put on even more weight not to mention having a pretty upset system. My goal with spark is to lose weight but I'm also hoping that tracking my food will help me stay within the bounds of my allergies as well. <BR> I wish you all the best with your journeys. <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:50:20 EST New here Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Sonja and I live in the Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, I have 2 beautiful fur babies who have me wrapped around their little paws <em>338</em> . I was diagnosed with Eosinophillic Eosophagitus caused by food allergies, wheat, dairy, eggs and soy. So I'm here to lose weight and keep track of my food which will hopefully keep me from falling of the allergy wagon and make sure I eat enough. <BR> Really excited to be starting on this journey and I wish all of you the best... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:58:25 EST I have type2 diabetes & cirrhosis stage 4 Hi,I am so glad to have found u.Im having a struggle with my diabetes.I go to a diabetic clinic.My sugar is way too high because im not trying.Can anyone help me get my will power back?Thanks,Patty Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:20:32 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:26 EST Hello Everyone :) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a new member and I am really not sure what to expect. I have never joined any on line weight loss groups, but I know I desperately need the support. Who knows, I may even make a few friends :) <BR> <BR> I work full time by day and attend Graduate School by night and I am really busy. Lately, I have been eating "really large portions" of food and I do not seem to care; while I am in the process of eating the food. Immediately after eating, I feel sad, guilty, ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:00:33 EST Hi I am Mischief! Hi I am 30 years old and I weigh 300lbs! I want to lose at least 135lbs by next year and looking to make some friends, maybe even some accountability partners along my journey! Please talk to me! I would love to get to know and help you as well! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:02:37 EST Later Onset Allergies Allergies are strange bedfellows! I never had any as a young girl.. then late in my 20's I developed an allergy to "mollusks" . Not all seafoods, thankfully, but the allergy I developed became almost anaphylactic!! <BR> Then, into my 40's, I developed seasonal allergies to cottonwood. Now, every spring, I sneeze and my eyes water and I get stuffed up for a few weeks. <BR> Now into my 60's.. am wondering what new allergy can possibly affect me! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:33:24 EST Hello everyone Hello, <BR> My name is Sherri. I started out at 230 lbs and had the gastric bypass done 4 years ago. I got myself down to 125 lbs. I started neglecting my excersizing and also found foods that agree with me without me getting sick. I found myself gaining weight. I am currently at 155 lbs. I desperately need to find a healthy diet that will help me get back to 125 lbs. along with getting back into the gym. I hope to get to know all of you and to get some tips. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Sherri Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:43:01 EST Rene Hi. I'm new to this post. I am wondering how I can count calories. For instance, I had one boiled egg and a piece of white wheat toast this morning. How many calories is this and how do I gage my calories for future meals? Do I have to follow the meal plans exactly? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:19:58 EST Hi Hello! I'm new to this and really hoping this helps on my weight loss journey. I want to be healthy and I really motivated to make it work this time. I am hoping to make some new friends. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:11:49 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I'm Jenni and I live in Sweden. I live with a cat and I study at university, first year literary science. I'm here at SparkPeople to keep a healthy lifestyle (and maybe get rid of some weight!) while in university and then after that. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 04:00:32 EST Debbie Brooks Hello sparks people, I am so excited to meet you! <BR> I have spent a lot of time on the PC learning just about everything from the how to's with your PC to IM (internet marketing) and all that, that my whole body needs a workover! (I've let my body down) <BR> I'm going to Cabo at the end of Oct. so I need to be looking "ok" with being in my bathing suit, which never use to bother me until now and I have some challenges with back/neck pain along with some knee pain. <BR> I do have a fit bit t... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:22:24 EST Hello :) Hi, my name is Jen. I started to lose weight over a year ago but without people supporting me I struggled for motivation. I am a PhD student in the UK and am looking for some lovely people to hold me accountable so that we can all benefit from the rewarding results. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:22:55 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST Mailgirl I need help! I have no motivation, energy or ideas. I am up at 4:30 every morning drive an hour to work, deliver the mail and drive an hour home, cook for the family and then relax. Working in the heat (100 plus temps) and I'm exhausted. I can't seem to find the right things to pack in my lunch that will help and I don't know where to start. Any ideas? It's too hot outside to do much and can't afford a gym either. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:35:24 EST So excited to be joining this support group! Hello Spark People! <BR> I am so ready to take charge of my health and start feeling better. I have joined Weight Watchers in the past (with some success) but my colleague introduced me to this program and I am so much in awe of all of the resources and people available at ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE! I also appreciate the social aspect of inspiring one another without having to take the time to attend meetings. I am looking forward to the opportunities this program and network has to offer! Goo... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:19:19 EST Reaching out to say HI! Hi everyone! I am a 46 year old Mother of triplet girls in their second year of college. I had a very busy 19 years and now I am taking time for myself to get more healthy. I like to read horror books and watch movies and all that CSI stuff. I joined a gym and went on and off for about a year. I start strong with everything and then stop so I need motivation to keep going. I never had to work out before and now all of a sudden I gained 20 pounds! Mostly interested in losing by stomach ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:25:55 EST Needing support excited to get started! Hello My name is Mrs Miller I want to lose 70 lbs to get thin and healthy Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:13:28 EST Hello everyone My name is Lauren. I'm 55 years old and I'm ready to take charge of my health. I live in Kansas. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 02:59:35 EST Changing my lifestyle Hi everyone! I'm new to Spark and ready to lose some weight and become healthy and fit. Hope everyone has a great Friday! Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:28:57 EST my name is cheryl I am new , also I am looking to met friends , I just wanted to drop a line <BR> and introduce my self to you all <BR> looking forward to having some chats <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:22:35 EST hello kinda new to spark people <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello, I am 42 with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in my knees. And every time I try to take a walk for exercise I am so much in pain. I weigh about 355 and my primary care doctor told me for every pound I weigh it is 4 pounds on your knees that is why it is so painful for me to walk. I want to eat right and exercise but it is so hard on my knees I am hoping I can get some insight and helpful information on spark people. I was on spark people ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:14:43 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST I'm excited to be here! Hi! I'm looking to reach out and collaborate with other people who are finding success on their weight loss or muscle building journeys. I'm just starting to exersize outside of weightlifting classes, on my own. I love to lift, even though I don't lift a lot at once. I've been attending Zumba and beginners Yoga, and am looking for other things that you've found success in. <BR> <BR> I'm 23, married for 5 years , and never really recovered from the pregnancy of our 2 year old son. I have hor... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:32:45 EST Sad day for me! I had an Aha Moment tonight well I was working tonight that lead me straight to this group. I know that I am not a skinny little girl by any means however I have always carried myself well and never though of myself as a "overweight person" or "the fat girl". Tonight well speaking with a client she said to me "no offence, but your a big girl maybe you can help this other girl dress right for her body" the girl she was speaking about was easily 100lbs heaver than myself. I noticed that I haven... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:02:37 EST Hi I am yola122 I have been trying to lose weight for decades. I read some of the goals achieved by people over 55. <BR> I decided to get back on the wagon and give it one more go. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:36 EST New to the team Hello I'm April and I would like to say hello... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:06:28 EST HI 'm Navneet my age is 28 yrs and i really have to gain weight .i love to eat food and love to do yoga:) <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:08:24 EST New member Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST BACK AFTER 7 YEARS Hey there. Melissa here. Fat, tired and ready to make a change again...hopefully for good this time! Hoping to help support and be supported on this journey. Sedentary office job for 15 years........not conducive to a healthy me. Just realized my blood pressure meds make it even harder to get my heart rate up. That depressed me very much. Anyways, will be here tracking, tracking, tracking and chatting along the way. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:03:25 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:39 EST Rash I have had a rash for about two weeks, started gradually on my torso, then to my legs. The blotches blend together after there are enough spots and itch like crazy! I've been to my dermatologist, who took samples and sent them to a lab. Every day around 5 p.m. it really gets worse. Anyone have any suggestions? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:39:23 EST I am a Newbie I everyone as a Newbie I am excited to be a new member. I start the summer doing very well (lost 12 lbs.) however, my allergies fared and I had to adjust the medication (allergic to all grass and most trees). After getting back on track I have now developed a heal spur (ouch!!!). Since I love to walk, this is a serious problem. I have been instructed by the Podiatrist to not walk and to exercise my foot. :( Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:32:14 EST Trying to lose weight I'm over weight need to. Lose 137 pounds. Any help is appreciated. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:24:52 EST Time to get healthy! Hi I starting today to get healthy and more energetic. I really am excited to finally get started with my new life. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:57:12 EST working toward a heathly life A recent life style change has caused a weight gain and Ineed to get THE WEIGHT OFF!f Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:23:02 EST Just starting out Hey everyone. Hoping to eat better, lose a few pounds and exercise more. I have some extra time on my hands and want to use it wisely before starting my new job. I'll be 53 this year and am changing careers, going from being in the restaurant business for thirty years to insurance. It's time for a fresh start but a little daunting and would love to hear from people and how they would handle something like this! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:32:06 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:56 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:19:11 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:29 EST Young at heart I turned 50 this year and kind of went into a "life is over" mode. I need a new attitude and I am here to find one! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:01:54 EST New Member I am a new SP member. I am the mother of 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I've noticed my weight slowly creeping up and my activity level slowly decreasing. I want to become healthier by becoming more active and by eating better. I look forward to having a "support group!" Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:20:43 EST Hello I am new to message name is Juli Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST Hi from Indiana! Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm in my 40s, I'm a mom of two teens, I live in Indiana. I'm an educational assistant, and I'm also trying to start a career in freelance copy editing. And I'm overweight and sick of it. <BR> <BR> I've been trying for years to reach a healthy weight. I've used other, very expensive, systems and had some success. However, in the end, I find myself back in front of the ice cream, the chips, and the soda. I know how to lose weight; it's the ability to stick to it that I have al... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:40:15 EST cynthia moore hi I am a little nervous because this is new to me. but I need to lose weight and this community I beleive wiil help me. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:51:45 EST Have to change I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Ready for success! I joined SparkPeople on 7/1/15. I'm not sure about how to participate in these Team Forums. But I thought I'd try. I'm 47 and really need to lose 74 lbs. I haven't been a healthy weight in 15 yrs. I'm hopeful that this will help me finally achieve my goal! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:27:58 EST Hello I've been yo yo dieting for months now and I'm proud to say, I think I am FINALLY going to succeed because I'm MENTALLY ready, unlike before. I'd love some weight loss support and tips to help me along my new journey if anyone would help. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from someone soon. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:49:44 EST hi peggy here I am Peggy. 49 pounds to lose. I don't know what to do. Low carb high fat, weight watchers contradict one another. I want to eat healthy and the right amounts. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:24 EST Hello Spark Members Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. The reason I am joining this active board is because I am feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, and am not doing any exercise and/or eating well. Hoping to find some support here....Have a great day and a wonderful Father's Day!! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:43:37 EST Hi Friends My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST Allergies Let see: Cats, mold, grass, tulips, milk, trees and I am not sure what else...I am sure there is a lot more. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:20:18 EST I'm Dave, and I'm a gamer. Howdy folks. My wifey is working really hard to lose weight, so I'm joining her here to lose my "6-pack Protective Device" I've built up over the years. I don't drink or anything, just sit on my computer most of the day playing Warcraft, kinda like I used to do when I was in the navy. If I wasn't on watch, sleeping, or working, I was in front of a computer playing something or other. To sum up, I'm more here to support my wifey than myself, but if I score some points here too, all the better. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:15:58 EST Late Intro Good morning! I'm new-ish here. I've been lurking here for about a week but haven't posted an intro yet. My name is Shannon, I'm a 33 year old mother of three (ages 11, 4, & 3). I'm a public health nurse who loves what I do. I'm constantly taking care of everyone else and while doing that I forgot to take care of myself and gained 30 pounds. I recently joined a gym and I've been going 3 times a week for the last 3 weeks. I started my weight loss journey on Jenny Craig back in April at 175 pou... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:27:25 EST Hello everyone. My name is NASCOW, and i'm just begun to start this new lifestyle of eating better and exercise. I'm looking forward to using this site and making friends along the way. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:24:00 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST teacherterri I've had 34 surgeries on my left leg. Any suggestions on how or what exercises I can do. I can walk about 1200 steps a day. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 02:26:29 EST Im new to sparkpeople I put a message already somewhere so if you see me twice Im sorry. Im 50 pounds overweight and 58 felling like 85! Trying to do the strength exercises to start slow, I new I was out of shape but I had not idea. doing them has made me feel like a limp noodle my muscles are so weak, but im going to keep doing them cause obviously I need them badly. Just want to start feeling better and have more energy. Living a little longer has its pluses too. Good Luck everyone. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:01:17 EST Hello! I'm very happy to be a part of this group! I'd like to help as much as I can! A bit about me: <BR> I've battled seasonal allergies all my life and I have to deal with chronic sinusitis a bit too often. I'm pleased to say I've learned to get around my allergy symptoms and keep my sinusitis in check as to avoid the dreaded post-nasal drip that is not laughing matter. I'd be happy to help and share what I know ^_^ Sun, 31 May 2015 22:39:02 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST Stepping out with faith and determination Hi there I am 57, Have been overweight most of my life. I had lost 70lbs eight years ago, then when i went on insulin I gained back 45lbs. <BR> Iam at present on the Medical Bariatric Clinic(not surgery!!!!) program at an Ontario Hospital clinic 8 weeks into a 6month program. I have lost 15 lbs in 4 weeks. Under the care of a specialist, Nurse, Dietician and councellor. While OHIP covers the program it does not pay for the meds or Meal portion. I saved for a year inorder to do this. <BR> I am... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:57 EST Ready for fun! Hi all. I am excited about joining SparkPeople and getting my health back in line. Over the last year I've developed arthritis and high blood pressure, so it is time for me to get this under control. My goals are to run with my kids and to ride my horses without pain again. Thu, 21 May 2015 11:37:02 EST Michelle from NJ Hello, They say you loose more weight with others so I am looking for my others. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:06:38 EST On the right track Hi I'm Brittany, I'm new to this but I now feel I'm on the right track to lossing weight. I have a long way to go but I know I can do trying to lose weight by cutting calories because I am disabled and unable to exercise the way I need too, I hope to lose enough weight to help with my mobility. Wish me luck Tue, 19 May 2015 22:46:43 EST My name is Vicki I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:45 EST In Seek Of Motivation!! Hey!!! New to the community - <BR> I'm loosing all motivation and need to get back on track! <BR> I've had setbacks because "Life Happens" And took a week off but today I just did nothing. I wanted to work out but was LAZYYYY as HELL!!!! I need to get back on it and get it together. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:02:16 EST Aloha from Oahu Hello! I am beginning my Fit before 40 challenge as of...well, yesterday. This is it, my last stretch before the big four-O to get back into shape, become healthy and boost my energy. I want to last over another 40 years, have another child, meet and play with my grandchildren and great grandchildren and be healthy doing it. I'm going to need a lot of encouragement and have a lot of encouragement to give. I look forward to meeting team members on SparkPeople and making lifelong friends. ... Tue, 5 May 2015 02:31:00 EST Up and running finally Wow didn't think getting a new computer was going to be such a hassle been trying to get my page up and just not succeeded woot woot ,time to get serious Mon, 4 May 2015 23:53:30 EST Newbie Hi everyone I'm new to this and just signed up for Spark people. Any tips and tricks you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Hope everyone is having a skinny day :) Sat, 2 May 2015 17:45:25 EST Hello my name is Paula Hello. I am new to this and really need a friend to helpguide me. I have gotten to the point of fearing for my life after this past weekends events. We went to an all day concert outside in the full sun in Fort Myers Florida. I was with my two girls that have been to a concert before and 3 hours into it I pvassed out. I was taken by golfcart to a medic tent and then on to the hospital by ambulance. I had to leave my children behind to find for themselves. They are adults so they could no... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:31:09 EST Hello Hello everyone, I am new to this and hoping to stay motivated in reaching my weight loss goas. I hope I can help encourage others as well as be encouraged by all the wonderful people out there who are on the same path. Have a wonderful day and good luck during your journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:50 EST New member Hi there. My name is Jennifer and I joined SparkPeople this past week and have been slowly poking around the site. I live in MN and my husband and I have a cat and dog. I am a knitter and crafty girl, a bookwork, and I love to take our old camper out to the state parks and hit the trails. My goal is to make healthier choices and to educate myself on what it takes to get to a healthy weight and to maintain that for life. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:36:09 EST New to the fam... ...but not new to allergies. I suffer from allergy headaches terrible. The pain stops me from functioning sometimes and most the time I make it through the day. I had a sinus infection 2 times within a year for the first time in 43 years. I'm thinking of surgery. What do you think? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:47:11 EST Sarah Amanda Holt Hi there my name is Sarah Amanda Holt. I use to go onto the teen spark person but since I have turn 19 in March I figured I join sparkpeople main site. Anyway I am a new mom as of January 22 2015. I had a little boy that me and my fiancé Trandon named BrentLee Ralph. I really want to lose weigh so I know that I can keep up with the little one as he grows up into a man, I also want to reduce the insulin that I am taking so maybe one day I wont have to take any and I have a better chance of bei... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:59:40 EST New to SparkPeople I am new to SP and looking for support from like minded people who lost their weight with Ideal Protein. I would appreciate any information! Thank you! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:16:18 EST Hope this works I am 60+ lbs over where I should be. I have lost weight over and over but just can't have the ability so far to keep it off. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:19:20 EST Hello Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:17 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:44 EST Hi, my name is Wendy I am 38yrs old. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 23yrs. We have a beautiful 21yr old daughter and 2 amazing grandsons. I am looking to lose weight so I know I can be healthy to continue to enjoy my family and to hopefully help build my self-esteem. I struggle hard with motivation. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:31:59 EST hello my family!! I'm Teresa, Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:14:13 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST Spark seeker! Second time trying SP, did well the first time. I work full-time, have a teenaged daughter and am engaged to an incredible man. Life is definitely great, but I have got to lose this weight!! Looking for any tips, tricks to make meals quick (but healthy). Fiance is a bit picky (not many veggies and no fish), that is really my only dietary challenge. I also need accountability and motivation. I know I feel better when I'm not carrying extra weight, I'm not afraid of exercise (I was in the milit... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:09:06 EST Hello, new one here Hello my name is Carla Paradis. I have tried losing weight, and always gained it back. I don't eat red meat, fish, or tofu. I do love fruits and veggies. So, I'm here to lose weight and this time with support. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:28:16 EST Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:07 EST Hello everyone! I guess we are all here for the same reason.. <BR> Good luck to everyone. :) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:22 EST grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST introducing myself I am allergic to everything according to the allergist. I live alone with two spoiled felines, one of each sex. I enjoy life and volunteer many hours to different organizations and needs. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:38:57 EST cook who need to lose weight Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST blog41 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Hello my name is Debi I never had an issue with weight until I quit smoking. Yes quit smoking May 2001, got hypnotized yes it worked. I have not had a smoke since. But slowly my weight went up I did gain 40 lbs. Started using a smaller plate and ate smaller portions and lost 25 of the 40. Then we moved to WV from MA in 2013. My routine and eating habits certainly changed. Now I have gained back the 25 lost lbs. The nice weather is just around the corner and I plan to take advantage of doing things outside to incr... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:36:38 EST Hello Everyone! I am Christine . I have been on a diet off and on since I was 11 or 12 years old. I stopped when I was pregnant with my oldest as I wanted to focus on being healthy and not be fearful of weight gain. I have gained so much and I don't want to have the obsession I had in the past with diet and exercise. I am committing today to keep the Spark journal, to try to stay within the calorie limits, drink more water, and exercise more regularly. I actually like walking and hiking. I need more en... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:48:30 EST Determined to make changes As my title suggests I've found the determination to start my fitness and weight loss journey again. Just wanted to say hi and hope to become part of this community :-) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:56:34 EST Running/ working out with allergies Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> This winter I discovered running for me. Now this week as it starts getting warmer and the allergy seasons is about to start. A couple of allergy symptoms already started yesterday during my run. My eyes just got really watery and it actually looked like I am crying during my run. I would really hate to give up running now, as I see progress in my endurance. How do you deal with this? I am really looking forward to hear your advice and see how you deal with allergies... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:37:13 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:44:55 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:31:24 EST Mary's time to start over-again! I am in the beginning of a complete "re-boot" of my life. My children are all above 21 years old and living on their own. After years of talking about finding jobs by our lake place and moving out there, we have finally taken the plunge and done it! I am leaving behind a career in music ministry, which I loved, but the hours were crazy and left no time for my hubby and I to be a couple. <BR> I have been in and out of healthy eating and exercise habits. My jobs in music ministry made it ha... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:39:20 EST Busy Working Mom - New to Spark Hello, I've tried Spark before, but had a hard time keeping up with calorie counting. I lost 40 lbs doing South Beach, then about a year later we moved and I got out of my exercise routine, gained it all back, so been pretty hard on myself. This time has been harder than last. I'm trying to find something that works for me - tweaks in my lifestyle, without anything dramatic. I don't eat a ton, but I absolutely love food and often make bad food choices. I do light exercise, but am often e... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:10:02 EST H Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST Hello my fellow 'Change Agents' My name is Loretta I'd like to tell you a little about why I joined "Spark People". I have struggled with weight gain, loss, and regain for about 15 years now. I picked up some very bad eating habits over the years running a home with husband-children, working, and going to school. As we all know bad habits are hard to break and I am hoping that I will find people in this social network to help encourage me, kick me in the backside when I need it, cry with me, and walk with me through my successes and failur... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:19:13 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST Optimistic I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:12 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:40 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST Day 1 for me I feel very alone in my weight struggles. On the outside I present to the world a happy, friendly person yet inside I feel so inadequate and uncomfortable because of my weight. Food has been my comfort since early childhood and I struggle. <BR> Last November I turned 70 and had promised myself I would not be fat for this birthday, but I was. I have raised 3 daughters as a single parent and between them, I have 6 very handsome grandsons ages 25 to 7. <BR> My passion is sewing and all types... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:08:15 EST Introduction-Long time away! Greetings everyone I'm Christine! I had been on SparkPeople a few years back. It's been awhile but I am back now. Now that I am at a different point in my life, I hope to be able to share my story and my journey just do what I can to help motivate others cope and get through any current challenges of their own. Please feel free to reach out if you would like or need any nutritional resources, performance training plans, etc. I am finishing up my Registered Dietitian license as well as current... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Hi I'm Felia B Okay, I'm going to try this again! This morning I was praying and telling the Lord that I really need to lose some weight and I wanted to find a good way for me to do so. <BR> <BR> I was web searching and came upon SparkPeople! Wow! Get that a "spark" in my mind to search the web and "sparkpeople" came up which "sparked' me into wanting to be a part of this group! <BR> <BR> I'm excited and afraid at the same time! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me so far. And a specia... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:43:59 EST Hello folks Hi. I am new here. I am 43,and out of shape. Advise and support would be welcome. Thank you Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:53:20 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:06 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:31 EST Very New to Social Media Hi, <BR> I'm trying something new! Feedback and tips are welcome--I'm diving in without looking at the "rules." As I come to better understand my feelings I'm looking for support and also a place to share what I'm learning along the way. Thanks for providing a forum. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:16 EST Hello SparkTeam! I am here today to set my new lifestyle goals. I needed some motivation and someone to hold me accountable. So here I am! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:02:33 EST Hello I am Rakhi Hi all, I am Rakhi. I really want to reduce my weight and my waist size. :) Hope being with you people will help me:) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:00:16 EST New Year New Attitude! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I decided to start the new year with a new attitude. I am committing to myself, my health and my future. I decided to find people that were going thru the same things I was regarding my health and fitness goals. I hope to find people I can encourage and support who will do the same for me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know many of you this year and to fulfilling my goals. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:25:42 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST Hello people Just moved back to ohio from Maryland. Seriously depressed there. Started weight loss day after Thanksgiving. Lost 32lbs. Trying to continue. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:29:26 EST Hello I am a people who eats no matter what I lose 99 pounds 6 years and gained it all back plus 10 more pounds -I lost one of my very best friend- My Father. He used to be there for me...he went through so much medically that all he wanted was me to lose the weight and become healthy. I let him down and myself. I now take care of my mother. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:14:50 EST Young Grandma joinging Sparkpeople! Hi all! I've been hearing about this site from my TOPS, (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), team leader who raves about it. My goal is to make my KOPS, (Keeping Of Pound Sensibly), status by our last weigh in for 2014 on December 29. My long term goal is to lose 47 pounds by the end of the year, my short term goal is to lose 24 pounds by the end of June. My even shorter goal is to just take it one day at a time and be positive. <BR> I'm doing this to inspire my family, to have the energy to kee... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:45:49 EST Watusi3 Hi everyone! As of this March I have been with Sparkpeople for 1 year. I have not lost a single pound, infact I have gained 3. I am a 55 year old grandmother. The weight just does not melt off like it did thirty years ago. Oh well I am not giving up yet. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:32:23 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST New Member Hi my name is Pat Reynolds and I just found this site and so far it's very exciting! I have 60 pounds to lose and have been very depressed since I broke my ankle about a year ago and am finding it hard to get motivated to exercise since I am always in pain. But I plan to overcome this this year. I am looking for any advise on some low impact exercises. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:18 EST Trying to isolate my food triggers... need help! I don't know that this qualifies as an allergy but both my doctor and a nutritionist have only said "trial and error" to determine what's causing my symptoms and I don't know where to start. Also here is your warning that this may be TMI :) <BR> <BR> I have occasional bouts of painful stomach cramps accompanied by bloating. The episodes are becoming more frequent but still have only occurred in the evenings. The cramps feel like they are related to digestion and do (eventually) cause some... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:15:00 EST This is IT! Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST SAHM looking for support Hi!, I am a stay at home mom of 2, with 3 step children (grown). I am trying to lose 10 more pounds, I've lost 8 so far! WE have horses and love to ride, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. My biggest challenge is eating when I'm tired and anxious. I still get up a lot during the night with our toddler and feel tired very often! I am starting the year out very positive and hope to find some encouragement here to meet my weight loss goal and maintain a healthy weight! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:26:37 EST Am I still alive???? Yea I am just a little out of shape: I just did the 20 minute Yogalates video with my daughter and I thought I was going to DIE. SMH never do Yoga or Pilates with a gymnast if you are out of weight! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:50:37 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST Happy 2015! Hi everyone, my name is Hally. I have joined your team for help on losing 24 pounds that I have gained since I quite smoking this past summer. I wish everyone a wonderful & safe 2015 filled with love and laughter. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:22:29 EST Goals I feel the need (for accountability purposes) to list my goals on each of my team pages. <BR> A little later I will talk about my allergy/asthma. <BR> <BR> So here goes: <BR> <BR> I want to try a different system this time. On the 1st of each month, I am going to weigh in. ( even if it is close to my weekly weigh in day) I will be sharing with my accountability partner my goals for each month. My plan is to keep goals as simple as possible and to cover exercise\food\weigh-in and check in. ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:18:19 EST Hi. Once upon a time, I weighed 125 lbs. Now I don't. My son just turned 4, and I still have the baby weight, 10 lbs of which I have lost & gained. Earlier last year, I was working with a health coach through my health insurance provider, but I switched jobs and, of course,switched insurance & lost my coach. I'm not super-active, but I do enjoy walking. I love to cook, and am actually pretty good at it. One thing I was working on with the coach was transitioning to Clean Eating, and I'm abou... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:16:54 EST Returning to Spark w/my Jawbone I am Julie. I am a few months away from 50 years old. I have been a “sparker” for a long time. However in May or June of last year – I had to take a break. I had lost 30 of my 50 pounds and was spending more time on-line with spark than I was with my husband. A little over a month ago – we both committed to get healthier. We bout Jawbone Up fitness bands, and I have been faithfully using that. But the first recommendation was to use it with myfitnesspal. I have been good with using tha... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:56:46 EST getting started anew Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I found this site when a patient of mine was telling me about 12 week challenges she found for motivation. A Google search brought me here. I have lost weight in the past, gained back, yo yo'd awhile. At 64 years of age it's time to get my life in order- I have a mother with Alzheimer's, and if anything happens to me there is no one to take care of her. So here I am- and I plan to reach my goal (104 lbs down) in 12 months as a Sparkpeople member. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:40:12 EST Greetings Everyone! Have just discovered this wonderful place. Hope to have many interesting discussions with you. I teach English second language in Québec. My main focus at the moment is to get back to enjoying a healthy lifestyle so that I can feel energized! <BR> Bye, <BR> Jackie Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:06:29 EST Just someone who wants to live life again.... I am a 36 mother of 3, grandmother of 1 who just needs to get back in shape and lose lots of weight. I want to be healthy for my family but most importantly for myself. I always put others before myself and by doing so I gave up on myself. I lost my younger brother to brain cancer a few months ago, before he passed I promised him that I would live my life for the both of us. I need to take my life back but I have no idea where to start. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:13:22 EST I need support I want to restart my fitness journey. I've lost 60 pounds before, but managed to gain it all back. I'm looking for a partner in this journey to keep each other on track via email/text. when I first lost weight I had someone who did it with me, but I no longer have that support. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:21:20 EST New Year Newbie Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am Kelli from NW_OK, I am striving for a healthier lifestyle this year not just a crash diet. I unfortunately suffer from some regular seasonal allergies along with some crazy cosmetic/additive allergies. I am hoping going whole foods will help immensely. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:42:00 EST Hi! I am sorta new here. I actually signed up in 2013, but I never did anything with it. So here I am again!! I would love any encouragement you can give. I will do my best to help and encourage anyone that I can. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:49:00 EST New Life in 2015 Hello everyone! My name is Lisa, I have hope and faith that this year will bring great things! Alot has happened to my life in the last 2 years. I am determined to conquer the weight first and get in shape for my first grandchild in May. So very excited to communicate with fellow spark people! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:15:27 EST Needing help to lose weight Hi, my name is Starsassy. I've been on here before but it's been a long time. I'm 45 years old. I have 3 kids & 7grandkids. I'm a proud mom & Nana. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:29:11 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST Tired of being tired Hello everyone, I'm looking for motivation and support to meet my goal of losing 30 pounds. The past year, I've neglected my health with working full time, wrapping up my BSN, and taking on a new role leaving very little time for anything else. I'm wanting to gain my energy and health back by being more active and eating healthier. This site looks like the place to achieve that! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mary Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:36:08 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Hi everyone &#128522; Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Sheridin and I've joined the site for support throughout my weight loss journey. I find that I do better when I am held accountable ot simply just inspired by my fellow Sparkpeople's progress. My final goal is to lose 80 pounds. I am setting mini-goals of losing 7-10 pounds a month. Any advice is welcome &#128522; Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:50 EST Renee Lyons hi <BR> <BR> joined today, have to lose 30 lbs. struggle with what to eat and what to do for a workout Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:19:49 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:55 EST New beginning Hi everyone, my name is Roxanne and I am a wife and the guardian of my 5 year old nephew (for the past 2 months). My husband and I moved to FL 2 months ago to care for him and to help my mother out. Over the past 16 years, I have put on a pound or two a year until I am at my heaviest of 160 lbs. I don't like how I look, feel, I don't sleep but am always exhausted, have allergies and just feel "poorly". It is time for a lifestyle change and that is why I am here. I hope to lose almost 50... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:26:27 EST hello Hi my name is Anna. I am new to this Allergy group. I am allergic to Mesquite, and have landed myself in West Texas...........go figure. So I will need lots of help here!!!! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:26:05 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:55 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST Cedwyer is here! I want to feel alive again because I am so tired of eating myself to death. Looking for support and words of inspiration to keep me moving forward. Moving at all, sounds pretty good right now. <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:55:22 EST Starting over ....Again! hello to all I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. once again I've decided to start something new. Since ive last logged my stats I've lost close to 3 pounds. No major changes no exercise yet just drinking more water I went from no water to about 5 to 6 cups a day no junk food and I've actually been eating I had 3 meals yesterday. I had no cravings for picking or snacking. I have not done any exercise yet I plan to start Dec. 1st I've been using spark people to log my food.... I read... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:13:03 EST Allergies all year I have been fighting allergies for years. I do Nasacort which keeps most in check. I carry my inhaler every where, just in case a roof or road is being tarred. I also carry my list of drug allergies inside my address book. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:30:50 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST hey there im Chris im new here I'm trying this out to try and lose a little weight and help would help Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:36:23 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Hello this my first time using sparkpeople I am a 45 year old female of a special needs child . I am over weight and can't seem to loss the weight no matter what i do . I love being outside with my kids . Now that winter is fast approaching its kind of hard to get outside and get the exercise that i need . Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:20 EST I'm new Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST Aloha from Hawaii Aloha from Hawaii! <BR> <BR> I have sinus allergies to cats, dogs, dust, and mold. <BR> <BR> I use a Neilmed rinse and/or saline spray once or twice a day which helps. I take Claritin or Zyrtec daily. <BR> <BR> I am committed to drinking 8 cups of water a day which also seems to help. <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople so I'm glad to find a group to get some insight on what works/doesn't work for others with allergies. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:42:24 EST Starting Over I've been bad for a few weeks now, and am ready to start over. I had lost 28 lbs, and now have gained back 10. I'm one of those binge eaters. I can't just take one bite, I have to eat it all. I think I need to be really strict on my diet to start with, and then maybe learn how to be more moderate. I'm just now recovering from a badly sprained ankle, so am limited in physical exercise, but want to resume as soon as I can. Walking and stair climbing are my most successful forms of exercise... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:17:24 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST What is your motivation? I am just wondering what is everyone's motivation to lose weight? I have been trying to lose weight a couple times but it has been really hard for me. I always felt terrible when I eat something but end up feeling hungry by the end of the day and would start to eat like crazy during midnight. I know that I have a goal but it is just really hard to stick to my diet plan. Just wondering how everyone here is able to keep up with their diet plan or what would you guys do if there's a lunch date w... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:09:40 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:04 EST Mother of 2 boys 15 and 3 - 42 years old I am 4'10" tall and I am 165 lbs. I am tired all the time and don't eat healthy and I want to change that with exercise and diet. I can't keep up with my 3 year old, my house is dirty, I am not motivated to do very much and I know it is time. I am an accountant by trade, so I sit at a desk all day. I am an artist by passion so when I have time I paint, draw or whatever hits my fancy at the time. I have also written a children's book that has SAT words in it to help them learn. I want my... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:18 EST Intro Hi, Just a quick intro about me. I have decided to try SparkPeople for two reasons: <BR> 1) Lose Weight - 30 pounds (ugh) <BR> 2) IBS - I noticed there is a FODMAPS community here and I would like to try this diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST yes !!!!! 10 <em>380</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:36:00 EST Carlinda I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:35 EST Hi there!! Hi everyone!! I'm Karen and even though I've been on SparkPeople for a long time, I didn't get really serious about it til today. <BR> <BR> I have horrible allergies and it's been a rough allergy season for me here in Michigan. Tonight we have a freeze warning and I hope that the allergens get knocked down a bit .... LOL. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight most of my life. I'm weighing in at 306 right now, but I'm hoping to shave off at least 100 lbs in the next 6 or 7 months. U... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:38:57 EST Just saying hi :-) My name is Tiffanie. I am horribly out of shape and horribly overweight ... I have been for a couple years now. I am wanting to lose quite a bit of weight and increase my fitness so I can start doing some of the things I enjoy again ... like riding my bike and running. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:27:41 EST gayle "hi". My name is Gayle, I live in Cutler Bay Fl. I have always been heavy (not this heavy), want to loose 10lbs fast, 15 more after that. Very frustrated. I am 47yrs. old and put on 10lbs this year !! Help !! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:03:17 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EST So far, so good I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST MONICA2622's SparkPage Hi ! <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am very excited to be here, I am on day 7 and found that changing simple habits will get you results. I am down two pounds!!! Looking forward to seeing motivating messages as I continue my journey as I am sure I will be hitting valleys soon. I will stay strong !! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:23:07 EST just for me1 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST Beth Mae I am older in body and weight and serious about feeling better by losing weight and becoming more active. My. Daughter introduced me to Sparks a couple years ago. I liked it but did not commit myself to this program. Day 1-made my daily menu, going shopping for the right foods and will then find some exercise I can do. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:32:16 EST Lone Star My name is Felicia. I am dealing with a serious health crisis with my boyfriend. He has cancer and it's returned and I have not been exercising nor eating the way I should have for the last 4 weeks. I need your help to get back on track and most of all to stay fit,focused, and to find me again. :(:( Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST Dont give up. God is your strength! Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus has encourage me to loose weight, because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit i must keep my body healthy. I started every day now to pray towards my goals because i know tht prayer is the first step to success and if anyone else want to try t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:53 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST Sinus cleaned out.... Your opinion. I have had sinus problems for yrs. they get bad enough I lose my hearing. I went for an audio test a few weeks ago and had been told I may need them cleaned out right now I'm using QNasl it help. But I want to know from someone that has theirs cleaned out if it is worth it. I use rinses when it in the bottom ones but most of the time it's too high for the rinse to work. Woke up today on my birthday and vac day to a sinus headache really for it to stop. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:31:00 EST Pattyfay40 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:47 EST Life's Challenging moments My name is Anne. I've been involved with SparkPeople before, losing 60 lbs. I kept that off and it's time to get myself going again....taking time out for me from my crazy world of stress and chaos that seems to follow me. <BR> I work a very stressful job and recently left my abusive marriage of 17 years. I then found the love of my life after having lost contact with him 30 years ago. We're married now but the divorce/shared parenting dulldrums really get me down. that being said, I h... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:23:53 EST Hello to all the Sparkpeople! My name is Luiza, and I live and work in Mexico. I am working on finding out more about binge eating and have recently joined the Shrink Yourself program. I would like to meet other people online to share and discuss strategies to implement to help me to deal with my emotional overeating. For those of you who know the site perhaps recommend a forum to join to find like minded people. Thank you. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:30:39 EST just joined Hi everyone. Just joined. Hope I can do this!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST it's just me trying to be better Hi! My name is Taylor and I have been unhappy in my body for long enough! That is why I have joined spark people. I feel that I need to try something different to motivate me to be a healthier person, and if that means baring my soul to a bunch of strangers(for now) on the internet so be it, as long as it works! For now my goal is to lose 102lbs which would make me 150lbs, smaller than Iever have been as an adult and a teenager. <BR> I really hope to get to know some of you more so that we c... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:00:08 EST Hi everyone! My name is Ciara, and I am a graphic design student at Texas State University. I am seriously considering "going Insane." My younger brothers and sister have taken on Shaun T.'s Insanity Workout this summer and have underwent dramatic physical transformations. I, myself, have tried the Shred Diet by Dr. Ian Smith and lost 20 lbs. before school let out for the summer. Since home, I have put on about 10 lbs. and am ready to get back on the horse. Does anyone out there have advice on how to mak... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:53:53 EST Advice please Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am looking for some advice. I just began a new job, working in the basement of a building and I am assuming there is a lot of dust and mold because my allergies have been terrible lately. I haven't been able to breath since I started and my daily allergy medicine isn't cutting it. I am calling to schedule an appointment with my allergist (I'm long due for one). But I figured I would throw it out to all of you as well. <BR> <BR> Is there anything I can do to make this s... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:19:49 EST Finding My Feet on my Journey of Change... Hi, So today is day 1, I'm not sure of what or how yet but I know it is time to do something so here is my first step to a whole new ME. My name is Wendy I hail from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal but now live in a beautiful country called New Zealand along with my husband two teenagers (one daughter, one son) and a Jack called Coco. Look forward to getting to know you all better as we all travel on our own journey of change. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:28:44 EST Determined I am tired of procrastination. I am determined to become more healthy, I have 36 pounds to lose and want to do it by December 31, 2014. I have tried over and over again but have not been successful. Last summer I was down 20 pounds using the atkins diet but quickly regained the weight. High protein diets work for me but I am don't really like eggs or meat. I would love to be a vegetarian, but it seems that the vegetarian way of life doesn't work for me. I am thinking that I might go on t... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:08:33 EST Moving from Weight Watchers to Spark! Hello I've lost 52 pounds, now I'm moving from Weight Watchers to Spark. I've got a great fitness regime down and am doing great with my eating. Looking for some support and friendships along my continued journey! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:40:44 EST New to the program! Hope it works! My major weight gain came after my thyroid was totally removed, I moved and started a new job. All that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain in 4 months. Ugh. I've never had an issue with being overweight until now. I will be 60 this October and would love to loose those stubborn pounds before the 31st of October. Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:18:47 EST Need to find creative ways to work out I really can't afford a gym membership and I just had another procedure done on my feet so I can't ride my bike so things are kind of difficult in the work out field for me right now, I am finding myself getting frustrated as summer is here and I am gaining weight instead of losing or maintaining it. It's got me really frustrated at this point. I just got married in April and I'd like to stay in the very low 100's Please help I just had an ankle nerve block done on my left foot so I'm not s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:54 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Hey, I'm new to the site. I'm a student, interested in anime and gaming. My main reason to use this site is to lose about 30 pounds and work on getting an active workout routine going. Feel free to add me c: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:03:47 EST Patricia I am in need of support to achieve a healthy life style that lasts the rest of my life. I joined this site because it had everything I was looking for. I am a full time student working on a BA in business administration. A non-traditional student I am 50 years old. But I feel great for already having completed 2 years towards my degree. I am a Des Moines resident. I work in a convenience store as assistant manager. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:39:06 EST Just joined! I just joined today. I want a way to keep myself accountable while I work to reach a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:04 EST whitegirl14 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:17 EST Hello There My name is Susan. I am starting to change some habits of mine. First, I am going to do some of the things that Mom does...measure food and count my calories and other vitamins. I have done it the past three days. Mom also gave me some other ideas on how she is loosing weight in her condition. She is taking cayenne pepper supplement and eat green beans daily. She can fit into some of her clothes she couldn't last year. Anyways, I am trying to stay to this diet of more healthy foods that I like... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:37:14 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Hi, I am Karen I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:50 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:19 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:42 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST An overweight, struggling grandmother I am a Grandmother of 10. I am retired, but sell Origami Owl jewerly to keep myself busy. I have been overweight all my life, but I want to lose weight to get myself healthier. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:52 EST CourtClerk1987 I've been struggling forever with weight and have tried almost every diet/weight loss program. I'm so afraid of failure, AGAIN! This really looks like something I can do. I actually took a 15 minute walk at lunchtime and it's been about a year since I've walked for exercise. There was a time I could stick with maintaining my weight but not so much anymore. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a successful journey. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:29:46 EST Melanie My second day and exploring, using meal tracker but do not know everything Spark has to offer. <BR> <BR> Is there someone who can help me? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:43:37 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST My first week with SparkPeople Hi, my first week with Spark has been great! I have surprised myself and lost 8 pounds! A friend from L.A. showed me an app he used for weight loss so I went online and found your free site! It's the first time weight loss has made sense to me. I am a visual learner so to see the charts and know where I am meeting goals as far as carbs, protein, etc. and the tips on where to improve and speaking in lay mans terms such as buying individual bags of chips so I can learn portion control. Eve... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:32:14 EST